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Definitive Technology AW 6500 Outdoor Speaker (Single, Black)
- Single outdoor all-weather speaker with impressive sound
- Equipped with one 6.5-inch BDSS cast basket bass/mid driver
- Equipped with one 5.5x10-inch pressure-driven low-bass radiator
- Equipped with one 1-inch pure aluminum dome tweeter
- Frequency response: 40 Hz - 30 kHz
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|Item Dimensions||14.44 x 9.25 x 8.87 in||8.75 x 7.75 x 11.75 in||12.69 x 7.75 x 8.12 in||11 x 9.5 x 15 in||9.19 x 12.88 x 8.5 in||7.75 x 6.75 x 10.25 in|
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|Mount Type||Wall-mount||—||In-Ceiling; In-Wall||Wall||Speaker||—|
These technology-packed wonders feature high excursion active drivers pressure-coupled to racetrack-shaped Low-Bass Radiators to give you more than double the bass output while maintaining a weather-tight seal for ultimate placement flexibility, reliability, and performance.
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I owned also a Klipsh AW650 and Polk Audio Atrium 6. All of them are very good outdoor speakers, but DT is better, follow by Klipsh that have a lot of volume, very good bass, mids and highs, but DT have a better balanced sound. The Atrium 6 have a good sound, It has a good volume but not reach the levels of DT and Klipsh.
At the end, I prefer DT, Klipsh and Polk, in that order.
I had to buy the three to realize that was better and now you can take advantage of that without investing, I hope they serve.
A couple things to note:
It takes about 30 hours of break-in listening for the sound to really shine.
The speakers (and the bass) sound best with 100 watts rms or more per channel and high-quality source material. You can really hear the difference in hi res sound files (24/96 or 24/192). For the best sound don't use Apple airplay as it's limited to 16 bit and 44.1k playback (it down samples higher res sound files).
Suggest connecting with the largest gauge speaker wire you can afford, especially for runs over 20 feet. The difference between 14 and 10 gauge is audible in the bass. Check out Belden 5T00UP 10 gauge. I wouldn't recommend using anything less than 14 gauge wire even for short runs.
Listening more than 45 degrees off-axis the speakers sound a little boxy due to high frequency directionality and attenuation. This is the only real flaw I've found. This means there is smallish "sweet spot" between the speakers with the best sound, especially if you sit close to the speakers. Moving further away or moving the speakers closer together will ameliorate this effect.
To increase the bass response mount the speaker where the bass can reflect off a solid surface. Under the eaves is good but I have mine sitting on a piece of stone in a raised garden about 3' off the ground. See photo. If you have them connected to your surround sound system set the speaker size to large.
The speakers are weather resistant but not waterproof. Mount them in a place that's shielded from direct rain and snow. I have mine on the ground and place covers over them when it rains. If they're exposed to rain, the interiors will fill up with water and it takes a while for it to evaporate as there aren't drain holes or you have to turn them upside down and shake out the water. The speakers weren't damaged when this happened.
These are great speakers, especially for the money. You'll love 'em.
UPDATE: I blew one of the speakers. I call Definitive and they replaced the speaker with no hassle. Great customer support. It was super easy.
Pros - Simple, nice packaging and well built! Will easily last 5-6 years in outdoors under direct weather conditions.
- Good frequency response across entire range.
- Efficient speakers. Does not require lots of power to bring volume up.
Cons- I wish it had a little bit more direct bass without having to rely on reflective bass. I supplemented these with one floor mounted woofer for good low range. However, with proper placement of bass speaker side against house or ceiling surfaces provides adequate bass response. This requirement dictates that the speaker be mounted horizontally. I wanted to mount them on outdoor posts.
I was hesitant to pay quite high price for this set, since I was thinking about buying a separate sub-woofer.
Long story short- I am very pleased with the sound quality! The sound is exceptional. Outstanding highs and deep bass. I even decided not to purchase a sub!
As a setup, I use an old panasonic boombox (stored in the basement) and a Bluettoth 4.0 receiver(bought on Amazon for $15) connected to it. Saved a lot of money;)
If you want to buy a brand new receiver, you should look at something with 150Watt RMS per channel.